Last year I had just started filming segments for ABC30 AMLive's morning News show. I was still getting the hang of making recipes on LIVE TV in 2 minutes and hadn't quite figured out my rythym and was definitely still very nervous to be on live tv all myself with a ear piece in my ear talking back to the anchors… please keep in mind I had never done this before nor was a trained professional by any means. Needless to say it took me a while to work through some kinks and to this day I am still working to grow and improve.
In an attempt to get ready for Easter this year, despite my almost 9 month baby bump constantly growing zapping my energy and making every step more challenging, I was looking through pictures from last year and thought I should share some of the recipes and ideas.
My philosophy in the kitchen is to Keep It Simple Sweetie, especially if you are going to invite children in to work with you. Last year my daughter was 1.5 and already loved working alongside me so I try to prepare ahead and foster that love.
The first recipe is a simple activity that is great to get kids involved with. First, put oreos into a ziplock bag and have your Little Ones roll over with a rolling pin to break into "dirt." During this time, I glued Rick Rack around the jello cup containers to gussy them up a bit. This is also the time to melt chocolate and dye it orange- although I REALLY suggest that you purchase orange melting chocolate at a craft supply store because it is REALLY CHALLENGING to dye white chocolate orange without it drying up and becoming flakey. Once you have the chocolate melted let the kiddos dip the Strawberries in and let them set. You can go back after and pipe on horizontal lines to give it Carrot texture.
The last step is to remove the Pudding Lid. Let your Little One scoop the dirt into the "pot" and plant the carrot right in. This is truly an activity that kids of all ages can participate in and will love to make as well as eat!
The next recipe is a 2 day activity that is perfect for Spring Break... Make your own Popsicles in plastic Easter Eggs. Use any combination of fruit and juice that you like. We happened to have a lot of fresh Oranges and Strawberries so we pureed that together and added a little bit of Apple Juice. Taste your mixture before you freeze it to make sure it will be a hit.
It was hard to find eggs that didn't have a hole at both ends of it (I'm guessing that's a safety feature for choking purposes) so after washing and drying them, I simply put a piece of scotch tape at the bottom to cover the hole and it worked like a charm.
My daughter loved squeezing the juice into each egg. Do not to fill them to the top, leave about 1/4-1/2" remaining for the liquid to expand when freezing… A great conversation about science with your Older Children. After the eggs are filled pop them in the freezer overnight for a great snack the next day. My 1.5 year old was so excited to see the change that happened and LOVED eating her creation.
These are a great treat to keep in the freezer the entire month to take outside to enjoy as the weather is warming up! I hope you enjoy.